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Public Health Post: Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture visits BUSPH

October 28, 2019 Professor Nils Melzer is the Human Rights Chair of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and a Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow. Since 2016, Melzer has served as the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Throughout ...

CLER Faculty and Students Report Back from the US/Mexico Border

October 24, 2019 This week, Dr. Sondra Crosby and SPH students Yareliz Diaz and Claire Corkish led a conversation about their experiences at the US-Mexico Border, the humanitarian crisis in Matamoros and Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy: “Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols – dubbed the “Remain in Mexico Policy”- have forced thousands of migrants to live ...

BUSPH: ‘Criminalizing FGM Is a Necessary Protective Measure’

Published on: October 3, 2019 Female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) is widely recognized as an act of violence against women, torture, and a violation of human rights. It is defined as the cutting of, injury to, or removal of parts of a girl’s genitalia. The Massachusetts legislature is currently considering bills that would criminalize ...

BU Today: [POV] Child Detention at the Border Is Torture

July 18, 2019 Written by: Sondra Crosby & George Annas Each day brings, it seems, new horrors from American child detention facilities on the Texan border: children in cramped cells, in dirty, squalid conditions, many suffering from scabies, shingles, and chicken pox, separated from their families. The World War II Japanese-American internment camps have been ...

BUSPH News: ‘This Is the Worst That I’ve Seen in My 20-Year Career’

Posted on: July 3, 2019 Among the many policies, actions, and threats leveraged against asylum seekers in recent years, the mass detention and separation of families on the southern border is receiving the most attention. But working with asylum seekers in the Immigrant & Refugee Health Program at Boston Medical Center, Sondra Crosby is seeing ...

The Hastings Center: ‘It’s Unethical to Use Dental X-Rays to Send Migrant Children to Adult Detention Facilities’

Published on: July 2, 2019 After the Taliban murdered his father and brother, and fearing for his own life, Hamid fled Afghanistan. As with many asylum seekers fleeing persecution, he entered the United States seeking safety and refuge. Hamid’s national ID card stated he was 17 years old when he presented himself to U.S. officials, but they ...

GLP Urges MA Legislators to Pass S834/H3332 An Act Relative to Female Genital Mutilation

FGM Letter to MA Judiciary Committee http://www.janedoe.org/site/assets/docs/Policy_Legislation/FGM%20Factsheet%202019.pdf Senator James B. Eldridge, Chair Joint Committee on the Judiciary 24 Beacon Street, Room 320 Boston, MA 02133 Representative Claire D. Cronin, Chair Joint Committee on the Judiciary 24 Beacon Street, Room 136 Boston, MA 02133 May 13, 2019 Dear Senator Eldridge and Representative Cronin, Global Lawyers and ...